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Volunteering

Once you have finished your degree, taking part in our professional development project could give your career a real kickstart.

Graduates have found that a little extra experience can make a big difference when making that first step on the career ladder. Our paid intern programme through the University of Southampton's Excel programme gives biosciences graduates that vital edge in employability.

Working in partnership with organisations such as Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Marwell Wildlife and Southampton City Council, we can offer biology and zoology graduates the hands-on experience that is essential in today's competitive jobs market. Some placements for graduates in other disciplines have also been negotiated within the University itself.

Acquiring new skills

As a graduate intern, you will be trained in specialist techniques from experts such as ecological consultant (and alumnus) John Poland from Hampshire Ecological Services and GIS expert Ilse Steyl. You will then typically spend several weeks working on a single project under the supervision of University academics and staff from your partner organisation. As well as building on existing skills and acquiring new ones, you may also take on wider responsibilities. For example, you may learn to use specialist equipment not usually available to undergraduates.

Once the project is complete, you will write a report and present your findings to the sponsoring organisation.

Many projects are based in the local area, so in most cases you won't have the overheads of moving to a new area. Most importantly, you'll have a really valuable extra to put alongside your Southampton BSc on your CV.

Internships will vary from year to year.

Follow the experiences of some of our graduate interns:

Graduate volunteer Mark Rose
Graduate volunteer Mark Rose

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This was a very valuable opportunity to gain real experience of conservation work. It is all golden for my CV as my ambition is to become a fully-fledged ecological consultant after taking a Masters degree in Environmental Science.

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